GODDESS INSPIRATION ORACLE
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kris Waldherr is an illustrator, writer and designer. Her works were exhibited in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, she is an author of popular decks such as The Goddess Tarot, The Lover’s Path Tarot, The Anubis Oracle and books Doomed Queens, The Book of Goddesses and The Lily Maid. She lives in New York with her husband, anthropologist Thomas Ross Miller and their little daughter Thea.
Find out more about her on her website: http://kriswaldherr.net/main/
Personally I think that the first advantage of this deck is simply being really pleasant for the eye. If you have already seen The Goddess Tarot created by the same author then you more or less realise what style you can expect. I like those slightly careless, a bit blurry and not fully polished graphics, however I can understand that they may not appeal to everybody.
I recommend this deck to users who appreciate originality, there is quite a lot of more ‘exotic’ goddesses that you will not find in typical decks. It’s a particularly multi – cultural deck, indeed containing deities from all over the world.
Another huge advantage is that in includes ONLY REAL GODDESSES without any cards of Mary or other Christian pseudogoddesses. An author presents the goddesses in an universal way, she pays attention to mythical and cultural rather than detonative layer. You will not find any rituals, invocations or any other forms of goddess cult. I admit that I like this broad perspective, you do not have to be a Wiccan or to believe in goddesses at all to be able to use their cards.
An author suggests that this deck is particularly suitable for people working creatively. She advises to use it in the moment of crisis caused by lack of ideas, simply by asking which direction to head in and then picking a card.
A huge advantage is the possibility to try this deck yourself here.
It is a very interesting deck but in my opinion it is too large, that makes meanings repetitive and does not allow to present goddess more accurately. In fact just half of the page in the booklet is left for the legends, myths and symbols associated with a particular goddess. It is much too little, especially that many of them is almost unknown.
I think it would be wiser to pick just 40 – 50 cards but to elaborate the mythical and divination layer. Seriously it makes no sense to create a goddess oracle deck that is larger than Tarot! On the other hand, I can certainly understand an author as the person who is creating her own deck herself. When you come across the goddess whose myths comprise a lot of meanings, archetypes and symbols, it is hard to reject her .
In general, it is a very good addition to the more regular goddess oracle deck that you are already using. A beginner may get lost in it.
I think that the container is a disadvantage as well because the cards box is made rather unintelligently (however a card bag is added to the issue).
And one more thing, Fricka is much better known as goddess Frigg.
a booklet containing information on how to use cards and descriptions of goddesses
a card bag
In a book each card is presented in the following way:
– name of a goddess
– area of her influence
– key words describing a goddess
– short mythological background
The size of cards is 11 x 7 cm
Back sides of cards show a double female figure with wide wings on a yellow background adorned with spirals.
Goddesses Inspiration Oracle Guide© 2007 by Kris Waldherr
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
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